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    New in Chess Classic

    April 16, 2021

    From Colin McGourty at chess24

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will exchange commentating on the Candidates Tournament for playing as he returns to action in the New in Chess Classic, the 5th event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. He’ll be joined on Saturday April 24th by 15 players who include tour leader Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Alireza Firouzja and 15-year-old Polgar Challenge winner Praggnanandhaa. The tour days will kick off at 19:00 CEST, when the action in Yekaterinburg should be winding down.

    The chess world’s leading print magazine New in Chess is the name sponsor of the $100,000 5th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The New in Chess Classic will be focussing on “great moments in chess history”, and the stellar line-up gives us every chance of getting some new moments that will live long in the memory.

    Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are playing in the Candidates Tournament and therefore couldn’t accept their automatic qualifying spots for those in the top 8 of the tour standings, but Wesley So, Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura all play.

    17-year-old superstar Alireza Firouzja was voted back in by chess24 premium members, who also voted for Daniil Dubov, but the Russian was unable to play as he’s commentating on the Candidates from Yekaterinburg.

    This time there were as many as nine wildcards, with returning stars Mamedyarov, Dominguez, Karjakin, Duda, Vidit and Liem Quang Le, while there are tour debuts for England’s Gawain Jones and Norway’s young talents Aryan Tari and Johan-Sebastian Christiansen. Aryan narrowly missed out in the qualifier for the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, while Johan-Sebastian had to pull out at the last moment after being forced to go to hospital.

    The New in Chess Classic runs non-stop for 9 days from April 24 to May 2 and retains the same cut-throat formula of a 3-day round-robin after which the field will be reduced to 8 players before the knockout begins. Days 1, 2 and 4 will overlap with Rounds 12, 13 and 14 of the Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg, but while games start at 13:00 CEST there, the Tour events will start at 19:00 CEST.

    The players will once again be playing rapid chess in the chess24 Playzone, with 15 minutes per game and a 10-second increment per move. The knockout stages will feature two days of 4-game rapid matches, and if the match score is 1:1 after the second match they’ll play two 5+3 blitz games followed, if needed, by an Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black.

    The Field

    1 Magnus Carlsen
    2 Levon Aronian
    3 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
    4 Wesley So
    5 Teimour Radjabov
    6 Alireza Firouzja
    7 Leinier Dominguez
    8 Sergey Karjakin
    9 Hikaru Nakamura
    10 Jan-Krzysztof Duda
    11 Vidit Gujrathi
    12 Liem Quang Le
    13 Gawain Jones
    14 Aryan Tari
    15 Johan-Sebastian Christiansen
    16 Praggnanandhaa, R.

    Tournament Schedule

    April 24 Day 1, Preliminaries
    April 25 Day 2, Preliminaries
    April 26 Day 3, Preliminaries
    April 27 Day 1, Quarterfinals
    April 28 Day 2, Quarterfinals
    April 29 Day 1, Semifinals
    April 30 Day 2, Semifinals
    May 1 Day 1, Finals
    May 2 Day 2, Finals

    All rounds begin at 1:00 PM ET

  • #2
    Nice that Praggnandhaa gets a chance.


    • #3
      New in Chess Classic

      April 23, 2021


      Time Control: 15 minutes per player + 10 sec increment for every move

      Play is online

      Day 1

      Round 1


      Round 2


      Round 3


      Round 4


      Round 5


      Day 2

      Round 6


      Round 7


      Round 8


      Round 9


      Round 10


      Day 3

      Round 11


      Round 12


      Round 13


      Round 14


      Round 15


      Games start at 1 PM Toronto/Montreal time


      • #4
        Entertaining games in the first round. Praggnanandhaa and Frioujza show tactical flair in the first round to win beating tough opponents Duda and So. Good start.


        • #5
          New in Chess Classic

          April 24, 2021


          Commentators are David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare

          Rounds One to Five

          Round 1

          Radjabov-Jones 1-0
          Tari-Vidit 0.5-0.5
          Aronian-Dominguez 0.5-0.5
          Christiansen-Le 0-1
          Carlsen-Karjakin 0.5-0.5
          Nakamura-Mamedyarov 1-0
          Firouzja-So 1-0
          Duda-Pragg 0-1

          Round 2

          Jones-Pragg 0.5-0.5
          So-Duda 0-1
          Mamedyarov-Firouzja 1-0
          Karjakin-Nakamura 0.5-0.5
          Le-Carlsen 0-1
          Dominguez-Christiansen 1-0
          Vidit-Aronian 0.5-0.5
          Radjabov-Tari 1-0

          Round 1, April 24
          Radjabov, Teimour – Jones, Gawain
          A38 English, ultra-symmetrical, main line

          1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.c4 c5 5.Nc3 O-O 6.O-O Nc6 7.d3 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Qxd5 10.Be3 Qd6 11.Rc1 Nd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Bd2 Be6 14.Qa4 a5 15.Qb5 Bxa2 16.Bxa5 Qe6 17.Bf3 Be5 18.Bc7 Bxc7 19.Rxc7 Qd6 20.Rd7 Qf6 21.Rxb7 Be6 22.h4 Rac8 23.Qb4 Rfe8 24.Ra1 h5 25.Qd2 Bg4 26.Bxg4 hxg4 27.Rb5 Rc7 28.Rba5 Kg7 29.Ra6 e6 30.Ra8 Rec8 31.Rxc8 Rxc8 32.b4 Qe5 33.Qb2 Rb8 34.Qd2 Qd6 35.Qg5 Rxb4 36.h5 Qb8 37.Qxg4 e5 38.hxg6 fxg6 39.Qd7+ Kh6 40.Ra7 Rb1+ 41.Kg2 Rb6 42.Qh3+ Kg5 43.Rf7 Qa8+ 44.f3 1-0

          Mate in 2

          Round 1, April 24
          Christiansen, Johan-Sebastian – Le, Quang
          A13 English Opening

          1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Qa4+ c6 5.Qxc4 b5 6.Qc2 Bb7 7.Nc3 a6 8.a4 Nd7 9.Nf3 Ngf6 10.O-O Rc8 11.d3 Be7 12.e4 O-O 13.h3 Qb6 14.Be3 c5 15.Qe2 Rfd8 16.g4 Bc6 17.Nh2 Qb7 18.g5 Ne8 19.b3 Ne5 20.Rfd1 Ng6 21.f4 c4 22.bxc4 bxc4 23.d4 Bb4 24.Rab1 Qe7 25.Qb2 Bxc3 26.Qxc3 Nd6 27.Qc2 Qe8 28.Ra1 Rb8 29.Ng4 Rb3 30.a5 Nh4 31.Bh1 h5 32.gxh6 f5 33.Bf2 Rxh3 34.d5 Qh5 35.Qe2 fxg4 36.Bxh4 Rxh4 37.Bg2 exd5 38.exd5 Re8 39.Qb2 Qxh6 40.dxc6 Nb5 41.Qf2 Rf8 42.Rd7 Rxf4 43.Qg3 Qg5 44.Rd5 Qf6 45.Re1 Rh6 46.Rd7 Qg5 47.c7 Rf8 48.Qe3 Qh4 49.Rxg7+ Kxg7 50.Qe5+ Qf6 51.Qc5 Qd4+ 52.Qxd4+ Nxd4 53.Re7+ Kf6 54.Rd7 Ne2+ 55.Kf2 Ke6+ 0-1

          Round 1, April 24
          Carlsen, Magnus – Karjakin, Sergey
          C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 Qxd5 8.Bc4 Qd8 9.b4 Bd6 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Bb2 a6 13.a4 Be6 14.b5 Na5 15.Bxe6 Rxe6 16.c4 Qe7 17.Qc2 Nd7 18.Re2 Re8 19.Rae1 axb5 20.axb5 b6 21.d4 exd4 22.Rxe6 fxe6 23.Bxd4 Bb4 24.h3 Nb7 25.Re2 Bxd2 26.Rxd2 Nd6 27.Re2 Qf7 28.Ne5 Nxe5 29.Bxe5 Qf5 30.Qc3 Re7 31.Kh2 Nb7 32.Qg3 Na5 33.Qc3 Rd7 34.c5 Rd3 35.Qc2 Rd5 36.cxb6 Qxc2 37.Rxc2 cxb6 38.Rc8+ Kh7 39.f4 g5 40.Rc7+ Kg8 41.Rg7+ Kf8 42.Rg6 Nc4 43.Bc3 gxf4 44.Rxe6 Rxb5 45.Rxh6 Rf5 46.Rc6 b5 47.Rc7 f3 48.gxf3 Rxf3 49.Bd4 Rd3 50.Bf6 Rf3 51.Bd4 Rd3 52.Bc5+ Kg8 53.Rb7 Rb3 54.h4 Ne5 55.h5 Rd3 56.Kg2 Rd5 57.Be3 Nc4 58.Bf4 Rxh5 59.Kf3 Kf8 60.Ke4 Ke8 61.Rg7 Kf8 62.Rg5 Rxg5 63.Bxg5 b4 64.Kd4 b3 65.Bc1 b2 66.Bxb2 Nxb2 1/2-1/2

          Round 1, April 24
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
          C80 Ruy Lopez, open, Bernstein variation

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.cxd4 Ncxd4 13.a4 Bb4 14.axb5 Nxb5 15.Qa4 Bxd2 16.Bxd2 O-O 17.Rfd1 c5 18.Be3 Qb6 19.Rac1 a5 20.Qc4 Rac8 21.Ng5 Nxg5 22.Bxg5 Qb7 23.Be3 Rfe8 24.Qd5 Qb8 25.Rxc5 Rcd8 26.Qf3 h6 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.h3 Nd4 29.Bxd4 Rxd4 30.Rxa5 Rd8 31.b3 Qb4 32.Ra8 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qxe5+ 34.g3 Rxa8 35.Qxa8+ Kh7 36.Qf3 f5 37.b4 Qb5 38.Qc3 Qe2 39.Qc5 Qe4 40.b5 f4 41.g4 Qf3 42.b6 g6 43.Qc2 Kg8 44.Qxg6+ 1-0

          Round 1, April 24
          Firouzja, Alireza – So, Wesley
          D02 Queen’s Bishop game

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 e6 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 Nh5 8.Be3 Bd6 9.Bb5 O-O 10.O-O Qc7 11.Re1 a6 12.Bd3 g6 13.Rc1 b5 14.a4 bxa4 15.Qxa4 Bd7 16.Qc2 Rab8 17.Nb3 Qb6 18.Nc5 Bxc5 19.dxc5 Qxb2 20.Qxb2 Rxb2 21.Bxa6 e5 22.Bh6 Ra8 23.Ra1 Ng7 24.c4 d4 25.Bb5 Rxa1 26.Rxa1 f6 27.Nd2 Nf5 28.Ne4 Kf7 29.Bd2 d3 30.f4 exf4 31.Bc3 Rc2 32.Ba4 Nfd4 33.Bxc2 dxc2 34.Bb2 Nb3 35.Re1 Ne5 36.Nxf6 Nd3 37.Nxd7 Nxe1 38.Ne5+ Ke6 39.c6 Kd6 40.Kf2 Nxg2 41.Ba3+ Kc7 42.Kxg2 c1=R 43.Bxc1 Nxc1 44.Kf3 g5 45.Kg4 h6 46.Kh5 f3 47.Nxf3 Kxc6 48.Kxh6 g4 49.Ne5+ Kc5 50.Kg5 Kd4 51.Nxg4 Ne2 52.h4 Ng3 53.Nf6 Kxc4 54.Kg4 1-0

          Round 1, April 24
          Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Praggnanandhaa, R.
          D24 QGA

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.e5 Nd5 7.Nxb5 Nb6 8.Be2 Nc6 9.O-O Be7 10.Be3 O-O 11.Qc1 Nb4 12.a3 Nd3 13.Qc2 c6 14.Nc3 Ba6 15.Rfd1 Nd5 16.b3 cxb3 17.Qd2 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Nb4 19.Bxa6 Nxa6 20.Qxb3 Nc7 21.Rac1 Qd7 22.Bg5 Nd5 23.Bxe7 Nxe7 24.Ng5 Rfd8 25.Qd3 Ng6 26.Qf3 Rab8 27.g3 Rb5 28.Ne4 Rd5 29.Nd6 f6 30.Rb1 c5 31.Rb7 Nxe5 32.Qxd5 exd5 33.Rxd7 Nxd7 34.Nb7 Rc8 35.dxc5 Rc7 36.c6 Nb6 37.Na5 Kf7 38.Kg2 Ke6 39.Nb7 Ke5 40.Re1+ Kd4 41.Nd8 Kd3 42.Re3+ Kd2 43.Re6 Nc4 44.f4 Kc3 45.Nb7 d4 46.Nd6 Nxd6 47.Rxd6 d3 48.Kf2 d2 49.Kf3 Kc2 50.Ke4 Re7+ 0-1

          For a 1781 FIDE rapid-rated player @rpragchess isn't too shabby! He started his debut in the main #ChessChamps Tour by taking down JK Duda

          Round 2, April 24
          Jones, Gawain – Pragg, R.
          B23 Sicilian, Closed

          1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nf3 e6 5.O-O a6 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.b3 d6 8.Bb2 Be7 9.Re1 Bf6 10.e5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.Rxe5 dxe5 13.Qg4 Nf6 14.Qxg7 Rg8 15.Qh6 Bd7 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 Qg5 18.Qxg5 Rxg5 19.h4 Rg8 20.Bxe5 Bc6 21.Bxc6+ bxc6 22.d3 Ke7 23.Re1 f6 24.Bb2 c4 25.bxc4 Rab8 26.Bc3 Rb7 27.g3 Rgb8 28.Kg2 Rb1 29.Re2 Rc1 30.Kf3 h5 31.Ke4 c5 32.Kf4 Rbb1 33.Ke4 Rb8 34.Ke3 Rbb1 35.Ke4 Kf7 36.Kf4 Ke7 37.Ke4 1/2-1/2

          Round 2, April 24
          So, Wesley – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
          D02 Queen’s Pawn, London System

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Qb6 5.Nc3 cxd4 6.exd4 Qxb2 7.Nb5 Bb4+ 8.Nd2 Nd5 9.Rb1 Qxa2 10.Rxb4 Nxb4 11.Nd6+ Ke7 12.Bc4 Nxc2+ 13.Kf1 Qa1 14.Qxa1 Nxa1 15.Ke2 Nc2 16.d5 Na6 17.Rc1 Nab4 18.Nf3 b6 19.Bb3 Ba6+ 20.Kd2 Nd3 0-1

          Final Position


          Round 2, April 24
          Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Firouzja, Alireza
          E10 Queen’s Pawn game

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.e3 a6 6.b3 b6 7.Bb2 Bd6 8.g3 Bb7 9.Bg2 O-O 10.O-O Ne4 11.Qc2 f5 12.Ne2 Qe7 13.Nf4 a5 14.Ne5 Ndf6 15.Rac1 a4 16.bxa4 Qe8 17.f3 Ng5 18.c5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Nh5 20.cxb6 cxb6 21.Ba3 Nxf4 22.exf4 Nf7 23.Bxf8 Qxf8 24.Rfe1 Qb4 25.Qb3 Qd4+ 26.Qe3 Qb4 27.Rb1 Qxa4 28.Qxb6 Bc8 29.Rec1 h6 30.Qc6 Qa7+ 31.Kh1 Bd7 32.Qb7 Qa4 33.Bf1 g5 34.Rc7 Be8 35.Bb5 Qa3 36.Rb3 Qxa2 37.Bxe8 Rxe8 38.Rxf7 Qa1+ 39.Kg2 Qa2+ 40.Kf1 Qa1+ 41.Rb1 Qxb1+ 42.Qxb1 Kxf7 43.fxg5 hxg5 44.Qb7+ Re7 45.Qc8 Ra7 46.Qh8 1-0

          Mamedyarov bounces back from a loss with a win against Firouzja!

          Round 2, April 24
          Le, Quang – Carlsen, Magnus
          D02 Queen’s Pawn game

          1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 h6 5.g3 Bd6 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Nc6 8.b3 dxc4 9.bxc4 e5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.c5 Bxc5 12.dxe5 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Ng4 14.Ne4 Bb6 15.a4 Bf5 16.e3 a5 17.Bb2 Rfe8 18.Nd2 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Rxe5 20.Nc4 Rc5 21.Bxb7 Rb8 22.Nxb6 cxb6 23.Ba6 Kf8 24.Rd4 Ra8 25.Bb5 Rac8 26.Kg2 Ke7 27.Rad1 Rc1 28.Rxc1 Rxc1 29.g4 Be6 30.h4 g5 31.hxg5 hxg5 32.f3 Rc5 33.Kg3 Rc3 34.Re4 Kd6 35.f4 f6 36.Rd4+ Bd5 37.Kf2 Kc5 38.fxg5 Rc2+ 39.Kg3 fxg5 40.Rd1 Rg2+ 41.Kh3 Rf2 42.Rc1+ Kd6 43.Rc3 Ke5 44.Bc6 Be6 45.Kg3 Rb2 46.Bf3 Rb3 47.Rxb3 Bxb3 48.Bc6 Bd1 49.Kh3 Kd6 50.Bb5 Kc5 51.Kg3 Kb4 52.e4 Bxa4 0-1

          Round 2, April 24
          Radjabov, Teimour – Tari, Aryan
          D40 QGD, Semi-Tarrasch Defence

          1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c5 5.e3 cxd4 6.exd4 Nc6 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd3 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 Bd7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Bb1 Bf6 13.Qd3 g6 14.Ba2 Nce7 15.Ne5 Bc6 16.Ne4 Bg7 17.Bg5 f6 18.Nxc6 Rxc6 19.Bd2 b6 20.Nc3 Kh8 21.Re2 Nf5 22.Nxd5 exd5 23.Bb4 Rg8 24.Rae1 a5 25.Bc3 Rc7 26.Qb5 Rd7 27.Re6 Nd6 28.Qxd5 f5 29.Re7 Rxe7 30.Rxe7 Rf8 31.Re6 Ne4 32.Qxd8 Rxd8 33.Rxb6 Bxd4 34.Rb8 Rxb8 35.Bxd4+ Nf6 36.Bxf6# 1-0

          I was surprised when they showed, after Round Two, that they were preparing pizzas for players in the Chess Centre. Since this is an online tournament, who is going to eat the pizza? Well, Carlsen, Christiansen and Tari are playing online from the Centre and so, resting and eating together.

          (to be continued)


          • #6
            Rd 3 Duda - Shak. King side demolition from the Shak!


            • #7
              New in Chess Classic

              April 24, 2021


              Rounds Three to Four

              Round 3

              Tari-Jones 0.5-0.5
              Aronian-Radjabov 0.5-0.5
              Christiansen-Vidit 0-1
              Carlsen-Dominguez 1-0
              Nakamura-Le 0.5-0.5
              Firouzja-Karjakin 1-0
              Duda-Mamedyarov 0-1
              Pragg-So 0-1

              Round 4

              Jones-So 1-0
              Mamedyarov-Pragg 0.5-0.5
              Karjakin-Duda 0.5-0.5
              Le-Firouzja 0.5-0.5
              Dominguez-Nakamura 0.5-0.5
              Vidit-Carlsen 0.5-0.5
              Radjabov-Christiansen 1-0
              Tari-Aronian 0.5-0.5

              Round 3, April 24
              Christiansen, Johan – Vidit, Santosh
              B40 Sicilian Defence

              1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 d4 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.O-O Nge7 7.Re1 Ng6 8.Bxg6 hxg6 9.d3 dxc3 10.bxc3 b6 11.Na3 Bb7 12.Nc4 Be7 13.Bg5 O-O 14.Nd6 Rb8 15.Nxb7 Rxb7 16.Qa4 Bxg5 17.Qxc6 Rc7 18.Qe4 Be7 19.Rad1 Qd5 20.Qe2 Rd8 21.h4 Rcd7 22.g4 b5 23.h5 b4 24.c4 Qc6 25.Kg2 a5 26.Kg3 gxh5 27.gxh5 a4 28.h6 gxh6 29.Rh1 Kh7 30.Rh3 Rg8+ 31.Kh2 Rg6 32.Qe3 Rd8 33.Rg1 Rdg8 34.Rg4 b3 35.axb3 axb3 36.Qf4 f5 37.Rg1 b2 38.Qd2 Qb7 39.Rb1 Bf8 40.Qe3 Rg2+ 41.Kh1 R2g4 42.Kh2 Qg7 43.Qe1 Rg2+ 44.Kh1 Qg4 45.Ng1 Rxg1+ 0-1

              Round 3, April 24
              Carlsen, Magnus – Dominguez, Perez
              C54 Giuoco Piano

              1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 a5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Ba7 11.Nbd2 Nh7 12.Nf1 h5 13.h4 g4 14.N3h2 Ne7 15.Qd2 Kg7 16.d4 Ng6 17.Rad1 Nxh4 18.dxe5 Ng6 19.exd6 h4 20.d7 Bxd7 21.Qxd7 Qxd7 22.Rxd7 hxg3 23.Nxg3 Ne5 24.Rxc7 Rfc8 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Be2 Nf6 27.Rd1 Kg6 28.Nhf1 Kg5 29.Ne3 Bxe3 30.fxe3 Rc7 31.Kf2 Rd7 32.Rd4 Nc6 33.Rxd7 Nxd7 34.Nf5 Nce5 35.Nd6 b6 36.Bc4 Kf6 37.b4 Ke7 38.Nf5+ Kd8 39.Bd5 axb4 40.cxb4 Nd3+ 41.Kg3 Nxb4 42.Bxf7 Ne5 43.Bb3 Kd7 44.Nh6 Kd6 45.Nxg4 Nbd3 46.Nxe5 Kxe5 47.Kh4 Nc5 48.Bd5 Kf6 49.g4 Nd7 50.Kh5 Ne5 51.g5+ Kg7 52.Bb3 b5 53.a3 Kh7 54.Bd1 Nc4 55.e5 Kg7 56.e6 Nxa3 57.e7 Kf7 58.g6+ Kxe7 59.g7 Kf7 60.Kh6 1-0

              Round 3, April 24
              Firouzja, Alireza – Karjakin, Sergey
              D04 Queen’s Pawn game

              1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 c5 4.dxc5 e6 5.b4 a5 6.c3 axb4 7.cxb4 b6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 10.O-O bxc5 11.b5 Bd6 12.a4 O-O 13.Bb2 Qb8 14.Nbd2 Rc8 15.Qc2 h6 16.Rfb1 e5 17.g3 Bc7 18.e4 d4 19.Nc4 Ba5 20.Bc1 Qb7 21.Bd2 Bc7 22.b6 Bb8 23.Re1 Ra6 24.a5 Re8 25.Nh4 Re6 26.Nf5 h5 27.Qd3 g6 28.Nh4 Ra8 29.Nf3 Qa6 30.Ng5 Re7 31.Qb3 Ne8 32.Rab1 Ndf6 33.Qb5 Qxb5 34.Rxb5 Nd7 35.Rc1 Nd6 36.Nxd6 Bxd6 37.Nf3 f5 38.Bg5 Ree8 39.Nd2 Kf7 40.Nc4 Ke6 41.f3 Ra6 42.b7 Rf8 43.Kg2 Bb8 44.Rcb1 Bc7 45.Bc1 Bb8 46.Ba3 Ba7 47.Re1 g5 48.exf5+ Kxf5 49.Nxe5 Re8 50.Nxd7 Rxe1 51.Bxc5 1-0

              Round 3, April 24
              Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
              E10 Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit Accepted

              1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.dxe6 fxe6 6.cxb5 d5 7.g3 a6 8.bxa6 Nc6 9.Bg2 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Nc3 Bxa6 12.b3 h6 13.Bb2 Qe8 14.Rc1 Qh5 15.Re1 Rad8 16.Na4 Ne4 17.Ba3 Ne5 18.Bxc5 Ng4 19.Bxe7 Rxf3 20.Bh4 Rxf2 21.Bxe4 Rxh2 22.Bf3 Rxh4 23.gxh4 Qxh4 24.Bxg4 Qxg4+ 25.Kh2 Qh4+ 26.Kg2 d4 27.Nc5 Qg4+ 0-1

              Round 3, April 24
              Pragg, R. – So, Wesley
              D85 Grunfeld, Modern Exchange variation

              1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qd2 O-O 10.Rc1 Rd8 11.d5 e6 12.c4 Qxd2+ 13.Nxd2 Na6 14.a3 Bb2 15.Rb1 Bxa3 16.h4 f6 17.Be2 Bb4 18.O-O Nc7 19.h5 a5 20.Bf4 e5 21.Be3 g5 22.g3 a4 23.f4 a3 24.fxe5 a2 25.Ra1 Ra3 26.Kf2 fxe5 27.Bxg5 Rf8+ 28.Nf3 Bg4 29.Kg2 Bc3 30.Be7 Bxf3+ 31.Bxf3 Bxa1 32.Bxf8 Bd4 33.Bg4 a1=Q 34.Rxa1 Rxa1 35.d6 Ra2+ 36.Kh3 Bg1 37.Bd7 Ne8 38.Be7 Kf7 39.Bf5 Nf6 40.g4 Rd2 41.g5 Nxh5 42.Bxh7 Nf4+ 43.Kg4 Ng6 44.Bf6 Rxd6 45.Kf5 Ne7+ 46.Bxe7 Kxe7 47.g6 Kf8 0-1

              Round 4, April 24
              Jones, Gawain – So, Wesley
              C56 Two Knights Defence

              1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Bd2 Qf5 11.Bg5 Bc5 12.Nh4 Qd5 13.c4 Qe5 14.Nf3 Qf5 15.Nh4 Qe5 16.f4 d3+ 17.Kh1 Qd4 18.Nf3 Qxc4 19.Rc1 d2 20.Rxc4 dxe1=Q+ 21.Qxe1 Bxc4 22.Nxc5+ 1-0

              Round 4, April 24
              Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Pragg, R.
              E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights

              1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qb3 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.g3 Bb7 8.Bg2 Nc6 9.O-O Na5 10.Qa4 Bc6 11.Qc2 Nxc4 12.Na4 Be7 13.Qxc4 b5 14.Qh4 bxa4 15.Rd1 Qb6 16.Be3 Qb7 17.Rac1 O-O 18.Bd4 h6 19.g4 Qb5 20.g5 hxg5 21.Nxg5 Qf5 22.Bxc6 dxc6 23.Nf3 Nd5 24.Qg3 Bf6 25.Kf1 Rfd8 26.Bxf6 Nxf6 27.Qe5 Qh3+ 28.Kg1 Qg4+ 29.Qg3 Qe4 30.Qe5 Qg4+ 31.Qg3 Qe4 32.Qe5 c5 33.Qxe4 Nxe4 34.Rxd8+ Rxd8 35.Rc4 f5 36.Rxa4 g5 37.h3 Rd1+ 38.Kg2 Rb1 39.b3 Rb2 40.Kf1 Rb1+ 41.Kg2 Rb2 42.Kf1 Kg7 43.Rxa7+ Kf6 44.Ra5 Rb1+ 45.Kg2 Rb2 46.Kf1 Nc3 47.Ng1 Nxa2 48.Rxc5 Rxb3 49.Nf3 Rb6 50.Ne5 Rb1+ 51.Kg2 Rb2 52.e3 Nb4 53.Rb5 Nd3 54.Rxb2 Nxb2 55.Nd7+ Ke7 56.Ne5 Kf6 57.Nd7+ Ke7 58.Ne5 Kf6 1/2-1/2

              Pragg seemed to have a winning game but drew in time trouble.

              Round 4, April 24
              Le, Quang Liem – Firouzja, Alireza
              D15 QGD Slav Accepted

              1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.g3 Nc6 9.Bg2 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.b3 Bg4 13.Qd2 Qd7 14.Ba3 Bxa3 15.Rxa3 Bh3 16.Rd1 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Ne5 18.f3 Rfe8 19.Ra2 Ng6 20.Rc1 Re7 21.Rac2 h5 22.h4 Rae8 23.Nd1 Nf8 24.Qa5 Ne6 25.Qd2 Nxd4 26.Qxd4 Qd6 27.Rc8 Qa3 28.Qd3 Qd6 29.Nf2 Qe6 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.Rc7 Qxe3 32.Qxe3 Rxe3 33.Rxb7 d4 34.Rb6 a5 35.Rb8+ Kh7 36.Rd8 Rxb3 37.Rxd4 Rb2 38.Kf1 Ra2 39.Nd3 Ng8 40.Nf4 Ne7 41.Rd7 Nf5 42.Nxh5 Kg6 43.Nf4+ Kf6 44.Nh5+ Kg6 45.Nf4+ Kf6 46.Nh5+ Kg6 1/2-1/2

              Round 4, April 24
              Vidit, Santosh – Carlsen, Magnus
              E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation

              1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.e3 c5 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.bxc3 b6 9.f3 Qc6 10.Qb3 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Ne2 O-O 13.e4 Rfc8 14.Kf2 Nb8 15.a4 Nbd7 16.Bf4 a6 17.Rab1 h6 18.Rhd1 Qb7 19.h4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Rc6 21.Rdc1 Rac8 22.Qd3 Rxc1 23.Bxc1 Ne8 24.Bf4 Rc6 25.g4 Qc8 26.g5 hxg5 27.hxg5 Rc4 28.Qa3 Rc2 29.Rc1 Rxc1 30.Bxc1 Nf8 31.Qd3 Nd6 32.d5 Nc4 33.Be3 exd5 34.exd5 b5 35.axb5 axb5 36.Nd4 Qb8 37.f4 Ng6 38.Kg3 Qe8 39.Nf5 Ne7 40.Nxe7+ Qxe7 41.Bf2 Nd6 42.Kf3 Qd7 43.Kg3 b4 44.Bc5 Qf5 45.Qxf5 Nxf5+ 46.Kf3 b3 47.Ba3 Nd6 48.Ke2 Nc4 49.d6 Nxd6 50.Kd3 Nf5 51.Kc4 Kh7 52.Kxb3 Nd4+ 53.Kc4 Ne6 54.f5 Nxg5 55.Kd5 Nf3 56.Bc1 Ng1 57.Ke4 Ne2 58.Bd2 Ng3+ 59.Kf4 Nh5+ 60.Kg4 Nf6+ 61.Kf3 Kg8 62.Bc3 Nd5 63.Bb2 f6 64.Ba3 Kf7 65.Ke4 Nb6 66.Bc5 Nd7 67.Bd6 Nb6 68.Bc5 Nc8 69.Ba3 Ne7 70.Bb4 Ke8 71.Ba3 g6 72.fxg6 Nxg6 73.Bb2 Ne5 74.Bxe5 fxe5 75.Kxe5 1/2-1/2

              Round 4, April 24
              Radjabov, Teimour – Christiansen, Johan
              D06 QGD, Grau

              1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qb3 Qc7 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bf4 Qb6 9.c5 Qxb3 10.axb3 a6 11.h3 Be7 12.b4 Rc8 13.Nd2 O-O 14.Nb3 Bd8 15.Na5 Bxa5 16.bxa5 Rfe8 17.g4 Be4 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bh2 e5 20.f3 exd4 21.fxe4 Rxe4 22.O-O-O dxe3 23.Bd3 Ra4 24.Bf5 Nxc5 25.Bxc8 d4 26.Kc2 Rc4+ 27.Kb1 d3 28.Rhe1 Re4 29.Bf5 1-0

              (to be continued)


              • #8
                New in Chess Classic

                April 24, 2021


                Day One (continued)

                Round Five

                Round 5

                Aronian-Jones 1-0
                Christiansen-Tari 0-1
                Carlsen-Radjabov 0.5-0.5
                Nakamura-Vidit 0.5-0.5
                Firouzja-Dominguez 1-0
                Duda-Le 1-0
                Pragg-Karjakin 1-0
                So-Mamedyarov 1-0

                Day One Standings

                1 Radjabov 4
                2-3 Firouzja, Carlsen 3.5
                4-7 Vidit, Aronian, Nakamura, Pragg 3
                8-10 Mamedyarov, Duda, Tari 2.5
                11-14 Jones, So, Le, Dominguez 2
                15 Karjakin 1.5
                16 Christiansen 0

                Round 5, April 24
                Aronian, Levon – Jones, Gawain
                D00 Queen’s Pawn, Three Knights

                1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nb5 Na6 7.h3 Ne4 8.c3 c6 9.Na3 Qb6 10.Qb3 f6 11.Be2 e5 12.Bh2 exd4 13.exd4 Re8 14.O-O Nd2 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.Rfe1 Bh6 17.Rad1 Ne4 18.Bd3 Be6 19.Nc2 Bf7 20.c4 Bf8 21.a3 Nd6 22.Rxe8 Nxe8 23.Ne3 Nac7 24.Nd2 Rd8 25.cxd5 Nxd5 26.Ne4 Bh6 27.Nxd5 Bxd5 28.Bc2 Kf8 29.Nc3 Bf7 30.d5 cxd5 31.g4 Bg7 32.Bf4 d4 33.Ne2 f5 34.gxf5 d3 35.Rxd3 Rxd3 36.Bxd3 Bxb2 37.fxg6 hxg6 38.a4 Nf6 39.Bh6+ Ke7 40.Nf4 Bc1 41.Bb5 Kd6 42.Bf8+ Kc7 43.Nd3 Bd2 44.Ne5 Be6 45.h4 Bf5 46.Nf7 Ne4 47.Bg7 Bc3 48.Bh6 Bf6 49.Bf4+ Kc8 50.h5 g5 51.Nd6+ Nxd6 52.Bxd6 Bg7 53.f4 Bh6 54.fxg5 Bxg5 55.Bf8 Bd7 56.Kf2 Bxb5 57.axb5 Kd7 58.Kf3 Ke6 59.Ke4 Kf6 60.Bd6 Bd2 61.Bf4 Bb4 62.Be3 Bf8 63.Kd5 Kf5 64.h6 Kf6 65.Bd4+ Kg6 66.Bg7 Bc5 67.Ke6 Be3 68.Kd7 Kf7 69.Kc7 Kg6 70.Kxb7 Kf7 71.Kc6 Kg6 72.Kd5 Kh7 73.Bf8 Kg8 74.Ke4 Bd2 75.Bg7 Kf7 76.Kd5 Be3 77.Kc6 Kg8 78.Kd5 Kf7 79.Ke5 Bd2 80.Ke4 Kg8 81.Kd5 Kf7 82.Kc6 Be3 83.Kb7 Kg8 84.Kc8 Kf7 85.Kd7 Kg6 86.Bf8 Bd4 87.Kc6 Be3 88.Kd5 Bd2 89.Kc6 Be3 90.Kc7 Bf2 91.Kd7 Be3 92.Kc6 Bf2 93.Bd6 Kxh6 94.Bc7 Kg6 95.Bxb6 Be1 96.Bc7 Bf2 97.Bd6 Kf5 98.Bc5 Bg3 99.b6 Ke6 100.b7 Bh2 101.Bb6 Bb8 102.Bc7 Ba7 103.Kb5 Kd7 104.Ka6 1-0

                Final Position


                White wins in 10 moves

                Round 5, April 24
                Christiansen, Johan – Tari, Aryan
                C26 Vienna game

                1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 c6 5.f4 d5 6.exd5 O-O 7.fxe5 Ng4 8.d4 Nxe5 9.dxc5 Qh4+ 10.Kf1 Qxc4+ 11.Qe2 cxd5 12.Qxc4 dxc4 13.Bf4 Nbc6 14.Nge2 Bf5 15.Rc1 Rad8 16.h3 h6 17.Kf2 a6 18.Rhd1 Rxd1 19.Nxd1 Rd8 20.Ne3 Bh7 21.g4 f6 22.a3 Kf7 23.Ng2 g5 24.Bxe5 Nxe5 25.Ne3 Rc8 26.Rd1 Rxc5 27.Rd8 Rb5 28.Rc8 Bg6 29.Rc7+ Ke8 30.Nd4 Rxb2 31.Nd5 Bf7 32.Re7+ Kd8 33.Ne6+ Bxe6 34.Rxe6 Rxc2+ 35.Ke3 Rc1 36.Kd2 Rh1 37.Nxf6 Nc6 38.Kc3 Rxh3+ 39.Kxc4 Rxa3 40.Nd5 Kd7 41.Rxh6 Ra1 42.Nb6+ Kc7 43.Nd5+ Kb8 44.Rh5 Ne5+ 45.Kc5 Rc1+ 46.Kd6 Nxg4 47.Rxg5 Rc6+ 48.Ke7 Nf2 49.Kd7 Ne4 50.Rf5 Ka7 51.Ne7 Nf6+ 52.Kd8 Rd6+ 53.Kc8 b5 54.Rf3 Nd5 55.Nf5 Rf6 56.Kd7 Kb6 57.Rf1 a5 58.Rf3 a4 59.Rf2 Ne3 0-1

                Round 5, April 24
                Carlsen, Magnus – Radjabov, Teimour
                C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

                1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.h3 Ne7 8.d4 Bb6 9.Re1 Ng6 10.a4 a6 11.Bf1 Re8 12.Nbd2 Ba7 13.b4 c6 14.Qc2 Be6 15.Bb2 a5 16.b5 Qc7 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.Rad1 Rab8 19.Ba3 d5 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.c4 Bxf3 22.Nxf3 exd4 23.c5 Rxe1 24.Rxe1 Rd8 25.Bb2 Qf4 26.Bc1 d3 27.Bxd3 Qb4 28.Bxg6 hxg6 29.Be3 Qe4 30.Qxe4 Nxe4 31.Ne5 Bxc5 32.Nxc6 Rd3 33.Bxc5 Nxc5 34.Re5 Nxa4 35.Rxa5 Nb6 36.Ra6 Rd1+ 37.Kh2 Nc4 38.Ra4 Rc1 39.Ra8+ Kh7 40.Nd8 Nd2 41.g4 Rc7 42.Kg2 Ne4 43.Ra4 Nd6 44.Rd4 Nb7 45.Nxb7 Rxb7 1/2-1/2

                Round 5, April 24
                Firouzja, Alireza – Dominguez, Leinier
                D02 Queen’s Bishop game

                1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.Nbd2 c5 5.e3 Qb6 6.Rb1 Bd6 7.c3 cxd4 8.Bxd6 dxe3 9.Ba3 exd2+ 10.Qxd2 Ne4 11.Qc2 Na6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.f3 Nd6 14.Qf2 e5 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.Qxb6 axb6 17.Bxd6 f6 18.f4 O-O-O 19.fxe5 fxe5 20.Be7 Rd7 21.Bh4 Nc5 22.Bb5 Rf7 23.Rf1 Rxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Rf8+ 25.Kg1 Bd7 26.Bf1 Ne6 27.Re1 e4 28.c4 Bc6 29.b4 dxc4 30.Bxc4 Nc7 31.a4 Bxa4 32.Rxe4 Re8 33.Rf4 Bc6 34.Bd3 h6 35.Rf7 Bd7 36.Rxg7 b5 37.Rh7 Re3 38.Rh8+ Ne8 39.Bg6 Bc6 40.Rxh6 Re2 41.Bf2 Nd6 42.Bh5 Rd2 43.Bg4+ Kd8 44.h4 Ne4 45.Bb6+ Ke7 46.Bf3 Rc2 47.Rg6 Kf7 48.h5 Nd2 49.Bxc6 bxc6 50.Bd4 Rc4 51.Rg7+ Kf8 52.Rg4 Nb3 53.h6 Rxd4 54.h7 Rxg4 55.h8=Q+ Ke7 56.Qe5+ Kd8 57.Qd6+ 1-0

                Round 5, April 24
                Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Le, Quang Liem
                E10 Dzindzikhashvilli Defence

                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.Bg5 b5 5.e4 Bb7 6.e5 h6 7.Be3 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Nbxd2 Ne4 10.cxb5 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 O-O 12.bxa6 Nxa6 13.Be2 c5 14.O-O Qb6 15.Rfd1 Rfb8 16.b3 Bd5 17.dxc5 Nxc5 18.Nd4 Ra5 19.Rdb1 Ne4 20.Qe3 Bb7 21.b4 Rxe5 22.a4 Rd5 23.Rd1 Nf6 24.b5 Ra8 25.Bf3 e5 26.Bxd5 exd4 27.Qxd4 Qxd4 28.Bxf7+ Kxf7 29.Rxd4 Ra5 30.f3 Ke7 31.Re1+ Kd8 32.Re5 d5 33.h4 Kd7 34.Kf2 Kd6 35.Re2 Ra8 36.Ke1 Kc5 37.Rf4 d4 38.Rc2+ Kd5 39.Rc7 Bc8 40.b6 Ke5 41.g3 g5 42.hxg5 hxg5 43.Rc5+ Kd6 44.Rxc8 Rxc8 45.Rxf6+ Kc5 46.a5 Rb8 47.Kd2 Kb5 48.Kd3 Ka6 49.g4 Kxa5 50.Kxd4 Ka6 51.Ke5 Rg8 52.Kf5 Kb7 53.Rg6 Rf8+ 54.Kxg5 Rxf3 55.Rf6 Rg3 56.Kh5 Rh3+ 57.Kg6 Rh1 58.g5 1-0

                White wins in 18 moves

                Round 5, April 24
                Pragg, R. – Karjakin, Sergey
                E15 Queen’s Indian, Nimzowitsch variation

                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bg2 O-O 10.O-O Bb7 11.Ne5 Nbd7 12.Bf4 Re8 13.Rc1 Nf8 14.Nb5 Ne6 15.Nc6 Qd7 16.Nxe7+ Rxe7 17.Nc3 Nxf4 18.gxf4 a5 19.e3 Ba6 20.Re1 Rd8 21.Rc2 g6 22.Qd2 h5 23.Rec1 h4 24.h3 Qf5 25.Na4 Rdd7 26.Qd1 Kg7 27.Nb2 Kh6 28.Rc6 Bb5 29.R6c2 Ba6 30.Kh2 Kg7 31.Bf1 Bxf1 32.Qxf1 Ne4 33.Rc6 Kf8 34.Nd3 f6 35.R1c2 Ke8 36.Qg2 Nd6 37.Ne5 fxe5 38.dxe5 Ne4 39.Rxg6 Kd8 40.Rg8+ Re8 41.Rxe8+ Kxe8 42.Qg8+ Qf8 43.Qe6+ Kd8 44.Qc6 Nc5 45.Rc1 d4 46.Rg1 d3 47.Rg8 Qxg8 48.Qa8+ Ke7 49.Qxg8 Rd8 50.Qg7+ Ke6 51.f5+ Kd5 52.e6 1-0

                A brilliant #ChessChamps debut for 15-year-old #PolgarChallenge winner Praggnanandhaa, who ends day 1 by beating Sergey Karjakin in style!

                Round 5, April 24
                So, Wesley – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                A20 English Opening

                1.c4 e5 2.g3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.e4 O-O 6.Nge2 c5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d3 d6 9.a3 a6 10.Rb1 Rb8 11.b4 cxb4 12.axb4 b5 13.cxb5 axb5 14.h3 Be6 15.f4 exf4 16.gxf4 Ne7 17.Be3 d5 18.Bc5 Re8 19.Qe1 dxe4 20.dxe4 Bc4 21.Qf2 Nd7 22.Rfd1 Qc8 23.Bd6 Ra8 24.Nd4 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Ra3 26.Rc1 Qa6 27.Kh2 Ra1 28.Rxa1 Qxa1 29.Qg3 Qb2 30.Rd1 Nc8 31.Bc7 Nf6 32.Qg5 Qxc3 33.Be5 Rxe5 34.Qxf6 Rd5 35.Qxc3 Rxd1 36.Qe5 Nd6 37.f5 Rd2 38.Kg3 Rd3+ 39.Kh4 h6 40.Kg4 Kh7 41.Bf3 Kg8 42.h4 gxf5+ 43.exf5 Nxf5 44.Qb8+ Kg7 45.Qe5+ Kg8 46.Be4 Ne3+ 47.Kf3 Rb3 48.Kf4 Nd1 49.Bc2 Rxb4 50.Qd6 Bb3+ 51.Qxb4 Bxc2 52.Qxb5 Nf2 53.Qe2 Nd3+ 54.Kg3 Bb1 55.Qd1 1-0

                Carlsen on his current score of 3 points after 4 rounds: "Overall a decent result. Now I am just trying to finish the day on a decent note."

                "I am just happy about the day." - @rpragchess says as he ends the first day of the #NewInChess Classic scoring an excellent 3 out of 5 points!

                Teimour Radjabov leads after Day 1 of the #NewInChess Classic, with Magnus Carlsen & Alireza Firouzja half a point behind


                • #9
                  Christiansen (not Larry) deserved better than 0 points. Lets hope he at least enjoyed the pizza and Magnus's mentorship.


                  • #10
                    Wesley So no messing around this time (passed pawns get pushed).
                    I enjoyed Tari - Magnus, especially the computer note after move 46 (47.Bxh4 f6!) nice! and also Magnus demonstration in bad bishop vs knight endgame.
                    Christiansen got his first half point. (Phew!)
                    Le Quang Liem spanked Pragga.
                    (rd 6)
                    Last edited by Hans Jung; Sunday, 25th April, 2021, 02:07 PM.


                    • #11
                      New in Chess Classic

                      April 25, 2021


                      Day Two

                      Rounds Six and Seven

                      At the opening of the program, the camera shows the inside of the building where Tari, Carlsen and Christiansen are playing their games. It is the Meltwater office in Oslo. Their blog says the company was founded there in 2001:As the legend goes, the company started with only two men, a coffee machine, and $15,000 in startup capital. Our original address was Shack15, a little office space located in a shipyard in Oslo, where the team cobbled together borrowed hardware to create our first server farm.”

                      Magnus is wearing a vest and has been compared to The Godfather. The three Norwegians are not really associating one with the other during play.

                      Round 6

                      Jones-Mamedyarov 0.5-0.5
                      Karjakin-So 0-1
                      Le-Pragg 1-0
                      Dominguez-Duda 0.5-0.5
                      Vidit-Firouzja 0.5-0.5
                      Radjabov-Nakamura 0.5-0.5
                      Tari-Carlsen 0-1
                      Aronian-Christiansen 0.5-0.5

                      Round 7

                      Christiansen-Jones 0.5-0.5
                      Carlsen-Aronian 0.5-0.5
                      Nakamura-Tari 1-0
                      Firouzja-Radjabov 0.5-0.5
                      Duda-Vidit 0-1
                      Pragg-Dominguez 0-1
                      So-Le 0.5-0.5
                      Mamedyarov-Karjakin 1-0

                      Round 6, April 25
                      Karjakin, Sergey – So, Wesley
                      A45 Queen’s Pawn game

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Bg7 6.a4 O-O 7.Be2 Qb6 8.Ra3 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Qb4+ 10.Qd2 Qxe4 11.Nf3 Bf5 12.Nh4 Qxc2 13.Nxf5 Qxf5 14.O-O Na6 15.Bg5 Bf6 16.Bh6 Rfe8 17.Rf3 Qe5 18.Bb5 Nb4 19.Bxe8 Rxe8 20.b3 Qxd5 21.Qe2 Rc8 22.Rxf6 exf6 23.Qe7 Nc6 24.Qxb7 Qe6 25.h3 d5 26.Bd2 Rb8 27.Qc7 Rc8 28.Qb7 Kg7 29.Re1 Ne5 30.Qxa7 Qd6 31.Rc1 d4 32.a5 Nd3 33.Rd1 Rb8 34.a6 Rxb3 35.Ra1 c4 36.Bh6+ Kxh6 37.Qxf7 Ne5 38.Qa7 c3 39.f4 c2 40.fxe5 Qxe5 0-1

                      Wesley So strikes to get back to 50%, Sergey Karjakin is stuck at 25%

                      Round 6, April 25
                      Le, Quang Liem – Pragg, R.
                      D24 QGA

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.a4 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.O-O Be7 9.Qc2 cxd4 10.Rd1 d3 11.Bxd3 Nb4 12.Qe2 Nxd3 13.Rxd3 Qc7 14.e4 Nd7 15.Bg5 Bxg5 16.Nxg5 Qf4 17.Rg3 Ne5 18.Nh3 Qh6 19.f4 Ng6 20.Rf1 Bd7 21.Rg5 Ne7 22.Nf2 e5 23.Rxe5 f6 24.Rc5 Qxf4 25.e5 O-O 26.Nfe4 Qh6 27.exf6 gxf6 28.Rc7 f5 29.Rxd7 Qb6+ 30.Qf2 1-0

                      A tough start today for yesterday's hero Praggnanandhaa!

                      Round 6, April 25
                      Tari, Aryan – Carlsen, Magnus
                      B06 Robatsch Defence

                      1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be3 Nh6 8.h3 Nf5 9.Bf2 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 h4 11.Bd3 e6 12.O-O Be7 13.Ne2 a5 14.a4 Na6 15.c3 Kf8 16.b3 Rc8 17.Kh2 Nc7 18.Rfb1 Kg7 19.b4 Ra8 20.Be1 Qd7 21.bxa5 Rhb8 22.Nc1 Rxa5 23.Nb3 Ra7 24.Nc5 Qd8 25.a5 Nb5 26.Qe2 Rxa5 27.Rxa5 Qxa5 28.Bxb5 cxb5 29.Rxb5 Qa7 30.Bf2 b6 31.Qb2 Bd8 32.Rb4 Rc8 33.Nd3 Qa6 34.Ne1 Qf1 35.Qd2 Ra8 36.Rb1 Ra3 37.Nc2 Qxb1 38.Nxa3 Qe4 39.Nb5 Be7 40.Na7 g5 41.Nc6 Kg6 42.Nxe7+ Nxe7 43.fxg5 Nf5 44.Qd1 b5 45.Qg4 Qc2 46.Qf3 Qd2 47.Kg1 Qxg5 48.Qg4 Qxg4 49.hxg4 Ng3 50.Kh2 Ne2 51.Be1 Kg5 52.Kh3 Nf4+ 53.Kh2 Kxg4 54.Bd2 Ne2 55.Be1 b4 56.cxb4 Nxd4 57.Bf2 Nb5 58.Be1 d4 59.Bd2 Kf5 60.Kh3 Kxe5 61.Kxh4 Kd5 62.Kg5 e5 63.Kf6 e4 64.Kxf7 e3 65.Bc1 Ke4 66.g4 d3 0-1

                      Magnus Carlsen catches Radjabov in the lead after beating Aryan Tari - the players are in the same venue, but didn't stop for a post-mortem!

                      Round 7, April 25
                      Carlsen, Magnus – Aronian, Levon
                      C78 Ruy Lopez, Archangel variation

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.d3 d6 8.c3 h6 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.Re1 Bb6 11.Nf1 Ne7 12.a4 Rb8 13.h3 Ng6 14.Ng3 c5 15.axb5 axb5 16.d4 Re8 17.Be3 exd4 18.cxd4 Bb7 19.Bc2 Nxe4 20.dxc5 dxc5 21.Qxd8 Rbxd8 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Bxc5 Bxc5 24.Rxe4 Rxe4 25.Bxe4 Nf4 26.Kf1 Re8 27.Re1 Kf8 28.Bc6 Rxe1+ 29.Nxe1 Bd4 30.b3 b4 31.g3 Ne6 32.Bd5 Nc5 33.Nf3 Bc3 34.Ke2 g6 35.Ke3 Nd7 36.Nd4 h5 37.Nb5 Bb2 38.Nd6 f5 39.h4 Ke7 40.Nc4 Bc3 41.Ke2 Ne5 42.Ne3 Ng4 43.Ng2 Bd4 44.f3 Ne5 45.Nf4 Bc5 46.Bg8 Bd6 47.Ke3 Bc5+ 48.Ke2 Bd6 49.Ke3 Bc5+ 50.Ke2 1/2-1/2

                      Round 7, April 25
                      Nakamura, Hikaru – Tari, Aryan
                      E04 Catalan, open

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nbd2 c3 10.bxc3 O-O 11.Bb2 Bd7 12.c4 Rfd8 13.Nb3 Be7 14.Nfd4 Rac8 15.Nb5 Be8 16.c5 a5 17.Bxc6 Rxd1+ 18.Rxd1 Bxc6 19.Na7 Ra8 20.Nxc6 bxc6 21.a4 Ne4 22.Bd4 Rd8 23.Rc1 Nd2 24.Nxa5 Rxd4 25.Nxc6 Rd7 26.Nxe7+ Rxe7 27.Rd1 Rd7 28.Kg2 Rd5 29.a5 Kf8 30.a6 Rxc5 31.Rxd2 Ra5 32.Rd6 Ke7 33.Rb6 g5 34.Rb7+ Kf6 35.a7 g4 36.f3 h5 37.f4 Kg6 38.e4 Ra2+ 39.Kf1 h4 40.Ke1 f5 41.e5 h3 42.Kd1 Kh5 43.Kc1 Ra6 44.Kb2 Ra5 45.Kb3 Ra1 46.Kc4 Rc1+ 47.Kb5 1-0

                      Round 7, April 25
                      Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Vidit, Santosh
                      D02 Queen’s Bishop game

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 e6 5.Nbd2 Qb6 6.Rb1 Bd6 7.dxc5 Qxc5 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.b4 Qc7 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.c4 b6 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Nc4 Qe7 14.Qd2 O-O 15.e4 Nc7 16.Qf4 Ba6 17.O-O Rac8 18.Rfd1 Bxc4 19.Bxc4 Rfd8 20.h4 h6 21.Rdc1 e5 22.Qe3 Ne8 23.g3 Ndf6 24.a3 Nd6 25.Bd3 Re8 26.Nd2 Qb7 27.Qe2 Rxc1+ 28.Rxc1 Rc8 29.Re1 Qc6 30.Nf3 Qc3 31.Kg2 Re8 32.Rb1 Qxa3 33.b5 Qc3 34.Rb2 Qc8 35.Ra2 Qb7 36.Ra4 Re7 37.Qe1 Nd7 38.Rb4 Nc5 39.Bb1 Qd7 40.Qe2 Qb7 41.Nd2 Ne6 42.Nf3 Nc5 43.Nd2 Qc8 44.Ba2 Ne6 45.Nf3 Qc5 46.Qb2 Nc7 47.h5 Ncxb5 48.Bd5 a5 49.Rb3 a4 50.Rd3 a3 51.Qb3 Kf8 52.Nh4 Ra7 53.Qa2 Nc3 54.Qd2 Rc7 55.Bb3 Ncxe4 56.Qe2 Ra7 57.Rf3 Nf6 58.Qd2 Qc6 59.Kh2 Nde8 60.Rc3 Ne4 61.Rxc6 Nxd2 62.Ba2 b5 63.Rb6 Ne4 64.Nf5 Nc3 65.Bb3 a2 66.Bxa2 Rxa2 67.Kg1 Ra8 68.f3 e4 69.f4 Nf6 70.Rb7 Rd8 71.Rc7 Ncd5 72.Rb7 b4 73.Nd4 Nxh5 74.Kf2 Ndxf4 75.Nc6 Nd3+ 76.Ke3 Re8 0-1

                      Round 7, April 25
                      Pragg, R. – Dominguez, Leinier
                      D26 QGA, Classical variation

                      1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 e6 5.Nf3 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.a3 a6 8.dxc5 Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Bxc5 10.b4 Be7 11.Bb2 O-O 12.Be2 Bd7 13.Nbd2 Rfd8 14.Nb3 Be8 15.Nfd2 Rac8 16.Bf3 Nd5 17.Rac1 Nb6 18.Nc5 Bxc5 19.bxc5 Na4 20.Ba1 Na5 21.Bd4 Bc6 22.Be2 Bd5 23.f4 Rd7 24.Kf2 Rdc7 25.e4 Bb3 26.Nxb3 Nxb3 27.Rc4 Nbxc5 28.Ke3 b5 29.Rc2 f6 30.Rdc1 Kf7 31.g4 h6 32.h4 Ke7 33.h5 Kd8 34.g5 Nd7 35.Rxc7 Rxc7 36.gxh6 gxh6 37.Rg1 e5 38.fxe5 fxe5 39.Ba1 Rc2 40.Bg4 Nab6 41.Be6 Ke7 42.Rg6 Rc1 43.Bb2 Rc2 44.Ba1 Nf8 45.Bb3 Nc4+ 46.Kf3 Nd2+ 47.Kg4 Nxb3 48.Rxh6 Nxa1 49.Kf5 a5 50.Rb6 Rf2+ 51.Kg5 Ne6+ 52.Kg4 Rf4+ 53.Kg3 Nc5 0-1

                      Round 7, April 25
                      Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Karjakin, Sergey
                      C67 Ruy Lopez, open Berlin Defence, Showalter variation

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4 e4 7.Ne5 Be7 8.Nc3 O-O 9.Re1 f6 10.Bb3+ Kh8 11.Nxc6 dxc6 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Rxe4 f5 14.Re1 f4 15.Qh5 Bd6 16.Bd2 Bf5 17.c4 Qd7 18.Bc3 Rae8 19.h3 Bg6 20.Qg4 Qxg4 21.hxg4 c5 22.d5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Re8 24.Rxe8+ Bxe8 25.Bc2 Kg8 26.Kf1 g5 27.Ke2 b6 28.Kf3 h6 29.Bf5 Kf8 30.Ke4 a5 31.Bh7 Bd7 32.f3 Ba4 33.b3 Bd7 34.a4 Kf7 35.Bf5 Be8 36.Be6+ Kg6 37.Be5 h5 38.gxh5+ Kxh5 39.Kf5 Bg6+ 40.Kf6 Bxe5+ 41.Kxe5 Bc2 42.Bd7 Kh4 43.Ke6 Kg3 44.Bc6 Kxg2 45.Kd7 g4 46.fxg4 f3 47.Kxc7 f2 48.d6+ Kg3 49.d7 f1=Q 50.d8=Q Bxb3 51.Bb5 Qf7+ 52.Kxb6 Bxc4 53.Qd6+ Kxg4 54.Qd1+ Kg3 55.Qe1+ Kf4 56.Qc1+ Ke5 57.Qe3+ Kf5 58.Qf2+ Kg6 59.Qg1+ Kh7 60.Qh2+ Kg8 61.Qg3+ Kf8 62.Qd6+ Kg8 63.Qd8+ Kg7 64.Qg5+ Kh7 65.Qh4+ Kg7 66.Bxc4 Qd7 67.Qg3+ Kh6 68.Qf4+ Kg6 69.Kxc5 1-0

                      After 7 rounds of the #NewInChess Classic Carlsen and Radjabov lead, with Sergey Karjakin still struggling on 1.5/7 after losing a wild endgame to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov:

                      (to be continued)


                      • #12
                        Vidit over Duda and Dominguez over Pragg - great knight play!


                        • #13
                          Rd 9 Firoujza great king hunt against Aronian!
                          Last edited by Hans Jung; Sunday, 25th April, 2021, 06:12 PM.


                          • #14
                            New in Chess Classic

                            April 25, 2021


                            Day Two (continued)

                            Rounds Eight and Nine

                            Round 8

                            Jones-Karjakin 0-1
                            Le-Mamedyarov 1-0
                            Dominguez-So 0.5-0.5
                            Vidit-Pragg 0.5-0.5
                            Radjabov-Duda 0.5-0.5
                            Tari-Firouzja 1-0
                            Aronian-Nakamura 0.5-0.5
                            Christiansen-Carlsen 0.5-0.5

                            Round 9

                            Carlsen-Jones 1-0
                            Nakamura-Christiansen 1-0
                            Firouzja-Aronian 1-0
                            Duda-Tari 0-1
                            Pragg-Radjabov 1-0
                            So-Vidit 1-0
                            Mamedyarov-Dominguez 1-0
                            Karjakin-Le 0.5-0.5

                            Round 8, April 25
                            Jones, Gawain – Karjakin, Sergey
                            B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

                            1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 e6 6.Nc3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Nd7 8.Nf3 Nb6 9.Bd3 Bg4 10.Bg5 Qd7 11.Ne4 Bb4+ 12.Kf1 Nh6 13.Bf6 Kf8 14.Qb3 Nd5 15.Bc4 a5 16.a3 b5 17.Be2 gxf6 18.axb4 a4 19.exf6 Nf5 20.Qd3 Nf4 21.Qd2 Nxe2 22.Qxe2 Rd8 23.Rd1 e5 24.Qc2 Qd5 25.Rd2 Nxd4 26.Nxd4 exd4 27.f3 Bf5 28.Kf2 Rh6 29.Qc5+ Kg8 30.Qe7 d3 31.Re1 Qd4+ 32.Kf1 Rg6 33.Ng5 Qxf6 34.Qc5 Be6 35.Nxe6 fxe6 36.Qxh5 Rd5 0-1

                            Round 8, April 25
                            Vidit, Santosh – Pragg, R.
                            E04 Catalan, open

                            1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nbd2 c3 10.bxc3 O-O 11.Nb3 Be7 12.Nfd4 Bd7 13.a4 Rac8 14.Nb5 Rfd8 15.Be3 a6 16.Nd6 Bxd6 17.Rxd6 Be8 18.Rxd8 Nxd8 19.Bb6 Bc6 20.Bxd8 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Rxd8 22.Nc5 Rc8 23.Nxb7 Kf8 24.Rb1 Nd5 25.Nd6 Rc6 26.Rb8+ Ke7 27.Ne4 Rc4 28.Rb7+ Nc7 29.Rb4 Rxb4 30.cxb4 Nd5 31.b5 axb5 32.axb5 f5 33.Nc5 Kd6 34.Na4 g5 35.b6 Nb4 36.Kf3 Kc6 37.e4 Kb5 38.b7 Na6 39.exf5 exf5 40.Nb2 Kc6 41.Nc4 Kxb7 42.Nd6+ Kc6 43.Nxf5 Nc5 44.Kg4 Nd3 45.Kxg5 Nxf2 46.Ne3 Kd6 47.Ng4 Nh3+ 48.Kh6 Ke6 49.Kxh7 Kf5 50.Ne3+ Ke4 51.Nc4 Kf3 52.Ne5+ Kg2 53.Ng4 Kf3 54.Nf6 Kg2 55.g4 Kxh2 56.Nh5 Ng5+ 57.Kg6 Ne4 58.Kf5 Kh3 59.Nf4+ Kg3 60.Ne2+ Kf3 61.Nd4+ Kg3 62.Nb5 Kh4 63.Kf4 Nf2 64.g5 Nh3+ 65.Kf5 Nxg5 66.Nd4 1/2-1/2

                            Round 8, April 25
                            Tari, Aryan – Firouzja, Alireza
                            B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange variation

                            1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c3 Bg4 6.Qb3 Qc7 7.h3 Bd7 8.Nf3 Nc6 9.O-O e6 10.Re1 Bd6 11.Qd1 O-O 12.Qe2 Be8 13.Nbd2 Nh5 14.Nb3 Nf4 15.Bxf4 Bxf4 16.Ne5 g6 17.a4 a6 18.a5 Rc8 19.h4 Qe7 20.g3 Bh6 21.h5 Nxe5 22.dxe5 g5 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Nf3 Bg7 25.h6 Bh8 26.Nh2 f5 27.exf6 Bxf6 28.Ng4 Rce8 29.Ne5 Bxe5 30.Qxe5 Rf3 31.Re3 Ref8 32.Rxf3 Rxf3 33.Bc2 Rf8 34.Rf1 Bc8 35.f4 g4 36.Re1 Rf7 37.Qh5 Bd7 38.Qxg4+ Kf8 39.Re5 Qc5+ 40.Kg2 Qb5 41.Qg5 Qxb2 42.Qd8+ Be8 43.Qd6+ Re7 44.Re2 Qxc3 45.Bxh7 Qc6 46.Qa3 Qa4 47.Qxa4 Bxa4 48.Bb1 d4 49.g4 Bb5 50.Rd2 d3 51.Kf3 e5 52.fxe5 Rxe5 53.Bxd3 Bxd3 54.Rxd3 Rxa5 55.Rd8+ 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Carlsen, Magnus – Jones, Gawain
                            B72 Sicilian, Dragon

                            1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Qd2 Ng4 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Nc6 10.Nb3 Nf6 11.f3 a6 12.Be2 O-O 13.Bf2 Na5 14.O-O Be6 15.Nd5 Nxb3 16.axb3 Nxd5 17.exd5 Bf5 18.c3 e5 19.dxe6 Bxe6 20.b4 Re8 21.Rfe1 Qd7 22.Bd4 Rac8 23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.Rad1 Bb3 25.Qd4+ Kg8 26.Ra1 Re5 27.f4 Rd5 28.Qf2 h5 29.Bf3 Rb5 30.Be4 Be6 31.Rad1 Qc7 32.Bxg6 Bg4 33.Bd3 Bxd1 34.Bxb5 axb5 35.Rxd1 Re8 36.Rd5 Qc4 37.Rxh5 Qd3 38.Qg3+ Qxg3 39.hxg3 Re2 40.Rxb5 Rxb2 41.Rxb7 d5 42.Rd7 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Nakamura, Hikaru – Christiansen, Johan
                            C00 French, Labourdonnais variation

                            1.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Qb6 6.Na3 Nh6 7.Nc2 Bd7 8.Be2 Be7 9.O-O d4 10.Kh1 f6 11.cxd4 cxd4 12.b3 a5 13.Bb2 Bc5 14.Bd3 Nf7 15.Qe2 O-O-O 16.a3 fxe5 17.fxe5 Qc7 18.Rac1 Kb8 19.b4 Ba7 20.b5 Ne7 21.Nfxd4 Rhf8 22.Ne3 Qxe5 23.Nc6+ Nxc6 24.Bxe5+ Ncxe5 25.Bb1 Bb6 26.a4 Ka7 27.Rcd1 Bc8 28.d4 Bxd4 29.Nc4 Nxc4 30.Qxc4 Bf6 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Qc5+ Kb8 33.b6 Ne5 34.Be4 Nc6 35.Bxc6 bxc6 36.h3 Bb7 37.Qxa5 Kc8 38.Qc5 Kb8 39.Rxf6 gxf6 40.Qe7 Rc8 41.a5 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Firouzja, Alireza – Aronian, Levon
                            D02 Queen’s Bishop game

                            1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Qb6 5.Nc3 Bd7 6.Rb1 e6 7.Be2 Nc6 8.O-O cxd4 9.exd4 Rc8 10.a3 Be7 11.Re1 O-O 12.Bd3 a6 13.Ne5 Rfd8 14.Bg5 Kf8 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Qh5 Be8 17.Ng4 Bxd4 18.Qxh7 Ke7 19.Ne2 Kd6 20.c3 Be5 21.Bc2 f6 22.Qxg7 Bh5 23.Nxf6 Rc7 24.Ne4+ dxe4 25.Rbd1+ Kc5 26.b4+ Kc4 27.Qh6 Nxb4 28.Qxh5 Bxc3 29.Nxc3 Nxc2 30.Rxe4+ Kxc3 31.Rxd8 Kb2 32.Qe5+ Kxa3 33.Rd3+ 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Tari, Aryan
                            C20 King’s Pawn game

                            1.e4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Nf3 d5 6.Qe2 O-O 7.O-O Re8 8.d3 h6 9.Kh1 a5 10.exd5 cxd5 11.Nxe5 Bd4 12.f4 Nc6 13.Nb5 Bg4 14.Qd2 Bxe5 15.fxe5 Rxe5 16.Qf4 Qd7 17.Bd2 Nh5 18.Qa4 Re2 19.Bf4 Bh3 20.Rg1 Qg4 21.Bxd5 Nf6 22.Qc4 Qh5 23.Bxf7+ Qxf7 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.g4 Bxg4 26.Raf1 Rxc2 27.Bxh6 Rh8 28.Nd6+ Ke6 29.Bf4 Nd4 30.Rg2 Rxg2 0-1

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Pragg, R. – Radjabov, Teimour
                            D37 QGD, Hastings variation

                            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 Nbd7 7.c5 Nh5 8.Bd3 Nxf4 9.exf4 b6 10.b4 a5 11.a3 c6 12.O-O Qc7 13.g3 Ba6 14.Bxa6 Rxa6 15.Qe2 Ra7 16.f5 axb4 17.axb4 Rxa1 18.Rxa1 e5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.dxe5 bxc5 21.b5 d4 22.b6 Qxb6 23.Ne4 f6 24.e6 Qb5 25.Qa2 Qd3 26.Qa7 Qxe4 27.Qxe7 Qxf5 28.h4 Qg4 29.Ra7 h5 30.Rd7 Ra8 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Qxd8+ Kh7 33.e7 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            So, Wesley – Vidit, Santosh
                            A45 Queen’s Pawn game

                            1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d5 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nbd2 Qb6 6.Rb1 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.Ne5 Nc6 9.Bb5 O-O 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nb3 cxd4 12.exd4 Ne4 13.f3 f6 14.Nd3 Ng5 15.Qe2 Ba6 16.Qe3 h6 17.Ndc5 Bc8 18.f4 Nf7 19.O-O Rb8 20.Rbe1 Re8 21.Qd3 Qc7 22.Re2 Nd6 23.c3 Nc4 24.Qg3 a5 25.Rfe1 Nd6 26.Qg6 Kf8 27.g4 a4 28.Nxa4 Ne4 29.Nac5 Nxc5 30.Nxc5 Qxf4 31.a4 e5 32.dxe5 Qxg4+ 33.Qxg4 Bxg4 34.Rf2 Kf7 35.b4 h5 36.a5 d4 37.cxd4 Rxb4 38.Rf4 Rb2 39.Ra1 Ra8 40.a6 Ra7 41.exf6 gxf6 42.Raf1 f5 43.R1f2 Rb5 44.Kg2 Kg6 45.h3 Bd1 46.Rxf5 Bb3 47.Kg3 Bd5 48.Kh4 Rb4 49.Rg5+ Kh7 50.Rxh5+ Kg6 51.Rg5+ Kh7 52.Rh5+ Kg6 53.Rf4 Bc4 54.Rg5+ Kh7 55.Rh5+ Kg6 56.Rg4+ Kf6 57.Rh6+ Kf5 58.Rh5+ Kf6 59.Rh6+ Kf5 60.Ne4 1-0

                            Round 9, April 25
                            Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Dominguez, Leinier
                            A05 Reti Opening

                            1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.O-O e5 5.d3 d5 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.c3 O-O 8.e4 d4 9.Nc4 Qc7 10.cxd4 cxd4 11.Qc2 Qb8 12.Bd2 Bg4 13.h3 Be6 14.Ng5 Bd7 15.f4 Nh5 16.fxe5 b5 17.Nd6 Nxe5 18.Ndxf7 Nxf7 19.Nxf7 Be6 20.g4 Rxf7 21.gxh5 Qe5 22.Rxf7 Bxf7 23.Rf1 Qxh5 24.Qc7 Qc5 25.Rc1 Qxc7 26.Rxc7 Bd8 27.Rc6 Bb6 28.a3 Re8 29.Bf4 Be6 30.h4 Kf7 31.h5 Rc8 32.Rxe6 1-0

                            In the Norway-England clash (i.e. Carlsen-Jones), Kaja fashioned a bet that if Carlsen lost, she would dress up in a costume and if Jones lost, David and Jovanka would dress up. This appeared to me to be rather silly. Carlsen won and David dressed up like a Tellatubby – purple Tinky Winky and Jovanka, like a penguin with a big red bow-tie.
                            I suppose it makes the game more fun for new viewers but I can’t think that commentators like Grischuk and Leko would do it.

                            (to be continued)


                            • #15
                              I admire their pluck! (David and Jovanka).

                              Rd 10 Levon plays 23 Nb3!! - the whole sequence is jaw dropping and Duda resigns before the end of the brilliant king hunt. A game to make us lesser mortals dream! Levon dream on!

                              Firoujza had a nice finish against Christiansen.
                              Tari is blazing hot with 3 wins in a row.
                              Last edited by Hans Jung; Sunday, 25th April, 2021, 06:15 PM.